rubber bands http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/7818/all en-US 52 Uses for Rubber Bands http://www.wisebread.com/52-uses-for-rubber-bands <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/52-uses-for-rubber-bands" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/rubber_bands.jpg" alt="Rubber band art" title="Rubber band art" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="166" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The simple rubber (or elastic) band is one of those nifty little items that costs next to nothing and yet has so many uses. There's always a bag of them in our junk drawer, and I also make sure my office drawer has a plentiful supply, too. But just how versatile is that modest rubber band?</p> <p>Well, I thought I'd do a little digging. Myscha listed <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/slamming-suggestions-for-the-humble-rubber-band">8 great ones</a> already. I have my own uses of course, and they represent a good chunk of the following list. But I wanted to know how other people use them. I was genuinely surprised at some of the responses I got.</p> <p>So here then are 52 uses for rubber bands, ranging from the tiny one that hardly fits over a marker pen, to the giant one that you swear could double as a timing belt.</p> <p><strong>1. A hair tie.</strong> Something I still remember from my days in the mosh pits. In college, when money was tight, I didn't want to blow money on hair ties. A simple rubber band does the trick, but it can take a few hairs with it as you pull it out.</p> <p><strong>2. A diversion.</strong> So, you want someone to look the other way, maybe so you can sneak out, hide a present or just pull a prank. Fire a rubber band across the room and aim for something that will amplify the sound as it hits. As your victim turns to look, move and strike.</p> <p><strong>3. An eraser.</strong> Hey, it's made of rubber after all. Grab a few rubber bands and create a small rubber band ball. With enough rubber bands, you'll have something sturdy that can erase pencil just as well as your standard eraser.</p> <p><strong>4. A sports-glasses holder. </strong>If any of you have to wear eyeglasses but play sports, you'll know how annoying it is to have your glasses fall off, especially as the action heats up. Simply cut a rubber band in half and attach each end to each arm. If you have made it tight enough, the glasses will cling nicely to your head without pinching. When the game is over, just cut it off and throw away.</p> <p><strong>5. An eyeglasses safety strap. </strong>Same as above, only make it much longer. Now, if you have to remove your reading glasses, your new safety strap will let them hang neatly on your chest until you need them again.</p> <p><strong>6. A poster scroll. </strong>Perhaps the most obvious use, but still worth mentioning. Simple slip a rubber band over a rolled up poster to keep it rolled up. BUT, not too tight. It will leave indentations that will run the full length of the poster if the rubber band is too small.</p> <p><strong>7. A handle grip.</strong> Easy enough. Just wrap several wide rubber bands around the end of a pole to create a comfortable grip. I used this method to make a hiking stick more comfortable.</p> <p><strong>8. A mafia wallet. </strong>Well, not just the mafia, but a lot of wiseguys don't like to carry wallets. Instead, they use a money clip or in some cases a rubber band. Wrap it around your stash of Benjamin Franklins. Or, if you want to contain your ID as well, put the cash between your driver's license and credit cards, and then wrap the bands around that.</p> <p><strong>9. A humble reminder. </strong>Just put a small rubber band over your little finger (not too tight mind you) to act as a reminder for something important. That&rsquo;s if your smart phone is a piece of junk that has no calendar.</p> <p><strong>10. A candle dewobbler.</strong> Is your lovely candle wobbling in the candle holder? Just put a rubber band around the base and it will fit nice and snug.</p> <p><strong>11. A glove softener.</strong> We&rsquo;ve all done it, or at least, most young baseball players have done it. A brand new glove is stiff, so after beating it with a mallet and rubbing in shaving cream, wrap a big rubber band around it. Then let it sit.</p> <p><strong>12. A mail storage system.</strong> Hammer two parallel rows of nails in the side of a cabinet or the back of a door, and stretch rubber bands between them to hold mail. You can also stretch bands over a piece of plywood for a cheaper version of the French ribbon board.</p> <p><strong>13. An overbite cure.</strong> I&rsquo;m skeptical on this one. But apparently, when stretched between opposite ends of the upper and lower jaw, over a period of time, the force of a rubber band can correct a minor overbite.</p> <p><strong>14. A remote control saver.</strong> Wrap a big rubber band around the top and bottom of a remote. It will protect it from a fall, and it will stop it scratching up the coffee table.</p> <p><strong>15. An Easter-egg decorator.</strong> Just wrap rubber bands in different directions around the eggs before dunking them in egg dye. Cool patterns will appear.</p> <p><strong>16. A cheap ruler.</strong> For this one, use a bigger rubber band, stretch it out and run your pencil along it. Simple, but certainly not perfect.</p> <p><strong>17. A liquid economizer.</strong> Wasting precious soap, detergent or lotion? Wrap a rubber band tightly around the neck of the dispensing pump to limit how each &ldquo;squirt.&rdquo;</p> <p><strong>18. An electrical insulator.</strong> Make wires safer in an instant. First, turn of the power, then wrap a rubber band or two around any exposed wire to protect yourself. This is a temporary measure obviously.</p> <p><strong>19. A finger exerciser</strong>. If your fingers are in need of some stretching or rehab, this is a cheap way to work them out. First, bunch all of your fingers together and place them through the center of a rubber band, one with a lot of tension. Next, spread your fingers and let them contract.Now, repeat.</p> <p><strong>20. A flower arranger.</strong> For simple organization of your blooms, use a rubber band to keep flower heads together. Cut the stems to just above the height of the vase for best effect.</p> <p><strong>21. A lid gripper. </strong>Don&rsquo;t pay one cent for those expensive lid grips you see advertised on late night TV. Instead, wrap a thick rubber band around the rim of a jar lid and then twist.</p> <p><strong>22. A shirt loosener.</strong> Is your top button a bit tight? Don&rsquo;t pay for expensive adjustments. Put a small rubber band through the buttonhole, then loop the ends over the button.</p> <p><strong>23. A bed slat securer.</strong> Got a few loose slats under the mattress? Just wrap a few rubber bands around the ends to make them more secure.</p> <p><strong>24. A caster tightener.</strong> We all know that furniture leg casters can take some punishment and become loose over time. To tighten them up, wrap rubber bands around the stem and reinsert.</p> <p><strong>25. A wine marker.</strong> Wrap a different colored rubber band around the stem of each glass the next time you have a dinner party or gathering. No more mixed-up drinks.</p> <p><strong>26. A Koosh ball. </strong>Take a whole bunch of rubber bands, and them hold them together with one very strong rubber band. Now cut through the ends of the rubber bands and you have a homemade Koosh Ball. Really cheap and fun.</p> <p><strong>27. A liquid marker.</strong> If your garage is anything like mine, it&rsquo;s filled with all kinds of containers, most of them holding something like paint, turpentine, cleaning fluids and more. But which ones are full, and which ones are ready to replaced? You can use rubber bands around the outside of the cans as guides, and move them down the can as you use more.</p> <p><strong>28. A paintbrush scraper.</strong> Speaking of paint, I usually wipe the excess from my brush on the inside rim of the can. But this leads to paint leaking into the rim, splattering you with paint when you hammer the lid back on. To avoid this, wrap a rubber band around the can from top to bottom, going across the middle of the can opening. Now you can just tap the brush against the rubber band and the excess paint will fall back into the can. Nice and neat.</p> <p><strong>29. A universal object gatherer.</strong> So, so obvious but how can I not mention it. From pencils and pens to index cards and office supplies, a rubber band is invaluable in keeping objects tied together.</p> <p><strong>30. A sliced apple keeper.</strong> Odd but true, if you slice an apple into wedges and then put them all back together, a rubber band wrapped around the apple will hold it all together and stop the wedges from yellowing or drying out. Much better for the environment than using sandwich bags.</p> <p><strong>31. A bag sealer. </strong>Keep chips, cereal and other bagged produce fresh by folding the top of the bag over and then wrapping a rubber band around the whole thing.</p> <p><strong>32. A folder sealer</strong>. Manila folders with loose folders inside could use something to keep all those papers from getting out. No problem. Wrap a rubber band around the length and width and they'll go nowhere.</p> <p><strong>33. A wire sorter. </strong>Especially useful if you have a large collection of wires under your computer, keep them organized by wrapping the excess with rubber bands. Color codes rubber bands can also help identify the different wires.</p> <p><strong>34. A toddler lock. </strong>Young kids love to explore in those cabinets under the sink, and everywhere else. Stretch strong rubber bands tightly between cabinet knobs to lock them in place.</p> <p><strong>35. A broom reviver.</strong> If the broom's bristles are looking worn, tighten them up by wrapping thick rubber bands halfway up the bristles.</p> <p><strong>36. A toilet paper saver.</strong> My cat just loves unraveling the toilet paper. And then shredding it. To avoid this, wrap a rubber band around the end of roll of toilet paper. Can be annoying to remove each time, but if you find wasted paper more annoying, try this.</p> <p><strong>37. A last resort glue.</strong> Seriously, this is last resort. But if you need an adhesive in a hurry and can't get to a store, melt a rubber band onto the object you want to stick. It works! It's not super glue, but it's a good temporary fix.</p> <p><strong>38. A bottle holder. </strong>Shampoos and lotions can be slippery in the bathroom. Wrap a large rubber band around each bottle and you'll never have a problem keeping your grip. This also works on any other bottle in any room of the house, and is very useful for people who have trouble gripping, especially those with arthritis.</p> <p><strong>39. A spoon saver.</strong> How often have you seen the spoon fall into the soup or mixing bowl? Just wrap a rubber band around the upper part of the spoon&rsquo;s handle, right above the point where the spoon touches the rim of the bowl. No more slipping and sliding.</p> <p><strong>40. A quick tagging system.</strong> Are some batteries older than others? Are some pens more reliable, or do they belong to different members of the family. Color-coded rubber bands can help you sort them all out quickly and easily.</p> <p><strong>41. A pencil grip.</strong> Wrap many rubber bands around the base of the pencil, or pen, where you like to hold it. Now it's much more comfortable, and less slippy.</p> <p><strong>42. A slingshot. </strong>You know how to make it work, I won't spell it out. But for catapulting a small object from one side of the room to the other, a rubber band is ideal.</p> <p><strong>43. A quick splint.</strong> If you need to strap in injured finger, use a rubber band, or bands, to firmly attach a stick or strong piece of card to the injury.</p> <p><strong>44. A lid securer.</strong> Again, another obvious but great use. If the lid is loose and past its prime, keep it in place with a strong rubber band.</p> <p><strong>45. A cord shortener.</strong> Don't trip over long electrical cords. Simply wrap a rubber band around the excess to shorten them.</p> <p><strong>46. A work of art. </strong>Anyone remember string pictures? This is the rubber band &quot;ghetto&quot; version, but it's quick and easy. Just by using a pegboard and rubber bands you can create cool shapes and patterns, and it's cheap, too.</p> <p><strong>47. A wax catcher.</strong> Wrap a large rubber band around a candle and it will stop the wax from dripping onto the table.</p> <p><strong>48. A cutting board anchor.</strong> If the board is sliding on the counter surface, wrap a rubber band around each end. Now, it will hold steady as you cut.</p> <p><strong>49. A rubber thimble.</strong> If you have to count or shuffle a lot of papers, a few rubber bands wrapped around the tips of your fingers will make the job a lot easier. Again, not too tight.</p> <p><strong>50. A stress reliever.</strong> Make a ball from lots of rubber bands. You can squeeze them when you're feeling stressed, and it's cheaper than an off-the-shelf ball.</p> <p><strong>51. A leak fixer.</strong> A very temporary measure, but a strong, fat rubber band can be wrapped around a pipe or hose to slow the leak.</p> <p><strong>52. A tie dye tool. </strong>How many hippies out there remember this? Tightly wrap rubber bands around your clothing item, in several places, and then place into the dyes. Nice.</p> <p>Well, that's all I could either think of or find. It should be more than enough to keep you going for now though. And if you have any other uses not listed here, please list them in the comments.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/52-uses-for-rubber-bands">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/10-really-easy-ways-to-unclog-drains">10 Really Easy Ways to Unclog Drains</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/14-effective-grease-and-oil-stain-removal-tips">14 Effective Grease and Oil Stain Removal Tips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/build-a-bed-for-cheap-and-look-good-doing-it">Build a Bed for Cheap (and Look Good Doing It)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/28-innovative-uses-for-binder-clips">28 Innovative Uses for Binder Clips</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-1-cent-cell-phone-protector-and-other-hacks">The 1-Cent Cell Phone Protector, and Other Hacks.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> DIY General Tips Home elastic hacks office supplies rubber bands Wed, 12 May 2010 13:00:05 +0000 Paul Michael 76286 at http://www.wisebread.com Slamming Suggestions for the Humble Rubber Band http://www.wisebread.com/slamming-suggestions-for-the-humble-rubber-band <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/slamming-suggestions-for-the-humble-rubber-band" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/girlwithrubberbands.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="180" height="240" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Bookmarks</strong>. While I still lovingly use all the way cool bookmarks given to me over the years for my coffee table books and ones that I read while at home, this idea has saved me massive aggravation for tomes I&rsquo;m reading while on the road. Open the book you are reading to the page you are on. Stretch a rubber band around the entire book so that it runs down the center where the pages meet and up the outside of the binding. College students and other readers / reviewers on the go can easily put this one to use.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Keep an almost cored and sliced apple from browning</strong>. A friend forwarded this tip to me a few weeks ago (which is what got me thinking about cool uses for the rubber band). Push the corer / slicer apparatus down through the apple until it is almost through, but all pieces are basically still together. Then put the whole apple back together again and stick a rubber band around it. This holds it together in your lunch pack and helps prevent browning. Since I work at home, I haven&rsquo;t had a chance to try this one out yet. Keep me posted, Wise Bread readers!</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Receipt holder</strong>. Put one or two around your car&rsquo;s visor on the driver&rsquo;s side, one at each end, for example. You can literally &ldquo;get a grip&rdquo; on toll receipts, ATM slips, receipts from swiping at the gas pump on the highway, etc.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Safety feature when transporting files</strong>. This is a huge sanity saver. Although I highly recommend the larger size marketed as file bands. You can use regular bands, but you&rsquo;ll get snapped and pinged way more than is necessary. This has really kept me together (and saved my butt) when moving, heading with files to a client interview, doing business on the road, etc.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>DIY tie-dye projects</strong>. Making curtains out of old sheets or just jazzing up a set of bed linens for a funky bedroom, doing T-shirt projects with young ones, medical scrubs . . . whatever you want to tie-dye, rubber bands are a huge essential.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img width="160" height="240" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u202/rubber_band_tie_dye.jpg" alt="rubber band tiedye" title="rubber band tiedye" />&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">The picture below is of a tie-die lab coat. I would think doing these coats and scrubs would be a huge money saver for med students, as it&rsquo;s a cheap way to jazz up second hand uniforms. If you can only find them in colors, try doing sort of a reverse die and dipping the scrubs in bleach solution. You&rsquo;re sure to do your residency in style that way.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img width="180" height="240" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u202/tiedyelabcoat.jpg" alt="tiedyelabcoat" title="tiedyelabcoat" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Out of the ordinary Easter eggs</strong>. About all I have the creativity for here is to create lined patterns or simple plaids. I&rsquo;ve read of more elaborate egg ideas, but for the life of me, I can&rsquo;t picture them. If you have <a href="http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&amp;craftid=10209" target="_blank">links </a>or pics of some you&rsquo;ve tried, feel free to post.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><img width="119" height="145" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u202/rubberbandegg.jpg" alt="rubber band egg" title="rubber band egg" /></p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Use different sizes and widths of rubber bands to help family members with poor vision to easily identify different items</strong>. You can also put different numbers of bands on certain things to get the same thing accomplished. For example, salt and pepper shakers, canned soup versus canned fruit, shampoo versus conditioner, and help in identifying certain medications are all excellent ways to use this technique, particularly if the vision issue is a new one. This will help people maintain their independence as much as possible.</p> <p class="MsoNormal"><strong>Toddler toilet paper lock</strong>. OK, this isn&rsquo;t necessarily foolproof, but I&rsquo;ve heard of it working from parents who would definitely know. Put a band over the roll in between uses during that stage where young ones are oh so fascinated with unrolling and flushing. I&rsquo;ll definitely be filing this idea for when it&rsquo;s my turn. I&rsquo;m sure my checkbook will thank me for the lower plumbing bills . . .</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">That&rsquo;s all I have for now. If you know of more, then by all means keep the discussion going by posting your ideas.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/staff">Staff</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/slamming-suggestions-for-the-humble-rubber-band">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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